Covid-19: General information and advice

For the latest information and advice on Coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak:

Public Health England website

Cumbria County Council website

Allerdale Borough Council website

Below you’ll find the latest advice about:
  • Social distancing
  • Staying at home
  • General advice, such as the importance of good personal hygiene
  • Where to go for further guidance

Social distancing advice

Everyone should minimise social interaction with other people in order to reduce the spread of coronavirus COVID-19.  This is known as social distancing.  This includes:

  • Avoiding large gatherings and smaller public spaces
  • Avoiding non-essential use of public transport and varying your travel times to avoid rush hour
  • Working from home where possible
  • Avoiding gatherings with friends and family
  • Using telephone or online services to contact your GP or other essential services

Everyone should be doing these things, but the government advises that anyone who has an increased risk of severe illness from coronavirus (COVID-19) should be strict in following these measures

Read the government’s full guidance on staying alert and safe (social distancing).

Stay at home guidance

The guidance on what you should do if you have symptoms of coronavirus has been updated.

If you live alone and you have symptoms of coronavirus (COVID-19), however mild, stay at home for 7 days from when your symptoms started.

If you live with others and you or one of them have symptoms of coronavirus, then all household members must stay at home and not leave the house for 14 days. The 14-day period starts from the day when the first person in the house became ill.

If you have symptoms, or someone in your household does, do not go to a GP surgery, pharmacy or hospital. You do not need to call NHS 111 to tell them you are staying at home. If you feel you can’t cope with your symptoms at home, your condition gets worse, or your symptoms do not get better after 7 days, then use the NHS 111 online coronavirus service.

General advice

There are things you can do to help stop germs like coronavirus spreading.  The best way to prevent the spread of Covid-19 is by good hand hygiene and regular hand washing.  Everyone is advised to wash hands more often, especially:

  • when you get to work or arrive home
  • after you blow your nose, cough or sneeze
  • before you eat or handle food

You should wash your hands for 20 seconds, using soap and water or hand sanitiser.

You should also:

  • cover your mouth and nose with a tissue when you cough or sneeze
  • put used tissues in the bin
  • try to avoid contact with people who are unwell

Further guidance and advice

The coronavirus COVID-19 Q&A  will answer some of the questions many people will have and will be regularly updated.

Who is responsible for different tasks

Different services and government agencies are responsible for leading different parts of our response:

  • Department for Health & Social Care: the Chief Medical Officer for England confirms each incident
  • Public Health England: co-ordinate the response, information and advice on Coronavirus (COVID-19)
  • NHS: local and national NHS services are working on the front line to test individuals and provide advice through calls to NHS 111
  • Cumbria County Council: provides a range of local public health activities